Term 2 Week 3 - Tue 10th May 2011

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Sam Brisbane (Stewart House) and Luke Brisbane (Stewart House) on their most recent achievement in Volleyball in the Thailand National Junior Championships in Bangkok that took place over the Term 1 break. Sam’s team achieved fourth place and Luke’s team achieved 7th place. Both teams reached the best result ever for an Australian Junior team in the tournament. Luke was the captain of his team. I also congratulate their coaches and commend the support of their parents. We will continue to follow both Sam’s and Luke’s success with interest.


Year 12 Study Skills program:

The Year 12 Study Skills program continues from the work that was begun during the orientation camp late last year.  The Senior School Coordinators have organized the afterschool program for interested students and I strongly encourage all students to consider the program. The strategies offered compliment the preparation that is done with the support of the individual teachers particularly in relation to preparation for exams and exam technique. If you would like to know more, I recommend that you contact Anna Panas (Senior School Team Leader) or one of the senior school coordinator.


Music Performance:

I congratulate all the students involved in the Stage Band and the Jazz Vocal Group who attended last weekend’s Generations in Jazz Eisteddfod, and the staff who conduct these groups. The students had a great time and a wonderful experience. A full report will appear in next week’s edition of this newsletter.


Year 9 Camp:

Final preparations for the Year 9 Camp and Leadership program are on the way. I encourage all Year 9 students to attend the camp which will provide a range of opportunities for all.  More information about the camp is detailed in a later section of this newsletter. If you have any questions about the camp or the leadership program please do not hesitate to contact Cameron Laurence (Middle School Coordinator) on 9430 5111 or lau@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.


NAPLAN 2011:

Year 7 and Year 9 students will be participating in the NAPLAN testing during this week. As you may already be well aware, these are national tests which measure the level of competency in literacy and numeracy.  The data collected from the results of these tests can be used in a range of ways. At Eltham High School we look at this data alongside other bodies of data and guided by teacher expertise we identify development/improvement strategies across a range of levels including: individual students, specific cohorts; whole school. Individual student performance reports are provided for parents at a later date. These will be distributed via the school.


Term 2 Working Bee:

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to attend the first Working Bee for Term 2 which will take place this coming Sunday, 15 May starting at 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The Grounds Committee has done a lot of work planning for this event and the identified works are outlined in a subsequent section of this newsletter. The day provides us with the opportunity to work together on identified projects as well as to add to the social culture of our school. As always a delicious morning tea and a barbeque lunch will be provided. I look forward to working beside you on this day.



Vincent Sicari, Principal


Year 9 Camp

Eltham High will be running a special year 9 activity program called “Challenging the Individual” during the week of Monday 23rd of May to Friday 27th of May 2011. This program is specifically designed for year 9 students and is an important part of the overall educational development of students at this level.

The program consists of:

·         A three day camp at the Lady Northcote facility located near Bacchus Marsh:

·         A specialised careers program to be held at school; and

·         A series of personal development forums run by the Reach Foundation and other organisations to be held at school.

Due to the large number of student enrolled in Year 9, classes will b split into two groups which will attend camp on the following days:

                Group 1 23,24 and 25th May 2011

                                English Core classes 9A,9B,9C, 9D and 9E

                Group2  25,26 and27th May 2011-04-28

                                English Core classes 9F,9G,9H,9J and 9K


When students are not on camp they will be expected to be at school at normal times to undertake other aspects of the program.





Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and also the School does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  Staff and students should not bring any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school






School Sport finals

The inter boys and girls and senior boys and girls volleyball teams won their Northern Zone finals last week and now go on to play a North East conference final in Bendigo on Friday the 13th of May. The parent permission form and $15 must be returned to the cashier by Thursday. The bus leaves from the bus Bay in Ely st at 7.00am. on Friday morning. The winner of three conference finals then play off in a state final at MSAC on Thursday 26th May.

The Northern Zone and state finals for year 7 and 8 are in November.

Eltham Volleyball Jackets

Every two years we place an order with Kea sports wear for volleyball jackets and tracksuit pants. This is your chance to order a jacket and be part of the team.  We won’t be ordering next year so if you want one get your order in by Friday 13th May to the cashier.  Orders need to be in by May 13th so that the jackets will be ready for the Victorian schools volleyball cup at the end of July.

Order forms are available from the P.E. office.

Volleyball Payments

A reminder notice will be issued shortly so that parents that have paid the deposit only can pay the balance by 20th May.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

Friday 13th May - Senior and Inter North East

Conference Volleyball

Thursday 26th May – School Sport State volleyball finals –

Senior and Inter.

Sunday 29th May - Moonee Valley Tournament

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

5th - 9th December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup


If your child has a unique sporting moment or is selected in a State or National team please let us know so we can share the good news. Email: tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator


2012 Entertainment Books

The 2012 Entertainment Books will now be available from the Cashier at the school.

Check out the offers.  The new Entertainment book flickbook is now available at


The book remains great value at only $65 per book.




EMA Cheques have arrived

Parents who nominated to collect their EMA cheques from the school, can now do so from the cashier at the general office during 9am to 3.00pm

Monday to Friday

K Hannan

Acting Business Manager


Canteen Roster

May 2011

Tue 10th

Rhonda Steele, Cathy Horsfeild


Christine Muscat, Alison Jones, Beth Smith

Thu 12th

Marg Cunningham, Lisa Emmins

Fri 13th

Annabelle Preston, Christina Schwaighofer

Mon 16th

Sharon Alexander, Debbie Gregg

Tue 17th

Ruth Glynatsis, Jana Eustance

Wed 18th

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thu 19th

Joanne Kesteren, Lynne Siejka, Liz Deacon

Fri 20th

Suzie Gerrard, Nicole Hassall, Sally Bowen

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.


Tours ... that's the word for the next couple of weeks!
Next week Concert Band heads to the Daylesford area, while the week after Intermediate Band is going to the Geelong region.  All forms have been given to these students, please ensure the medical and permission forms are returned to the music office by the due dates.
On the weekend the Stage and Jazz Vocal Group attended the Generations in Jazz Eisteddfod.  The Stage Band came 5th in the Division 1 section - a fantastic effort.  The vocal group, we won't know results till later in the week.  Next week we'll have the conductor, Ed Fairlie, write about the groups' experiences at this renowned event!
Next Monday evening, at Montsalvat, our senior small groups will be performing.  These are students from the symphonic band - flutes, clarinets, percussion and saxophones. Plus Senior Strings and Chamber Choir and the newly formed Jazz Vocal Group.  The entry cost is $10 for an adult and $5 for a child/concession.  The charge includes tea and coffee.  The evening commences at 7.30pm. 

Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127


Jill Browne, Music Administration


The Junior School Homework Club (Years 7 and 8) operates on Tuesdays between 3.20pm and 4.20pm and is supervised by a member of the Junior School team as well as a volunteer group of Middle School and Senior School students.       

The group meets in Room 706 so computers will be available. The Program aims to assist Junior School students in developing organisational skills and computer skills and to provide assistance with homework tasks in general. Homework Club is voluntary, and can provide valuable assistance to students.  To minimize disruption to other students, those who do attend will be required to stay for the full session.

If you would like your son/daughter to participate in the Junior School Homework Club for the remainder of this term, please contact the Junior School Office for a permission form.  So that the Program can run effectively, those students who elect to participate would be required to attend all sessions for the remainder of this Term.  A member of the Junior School Team will contact you if your son/daughter does not attend any session.

If you have any queries or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Junior School Coordinators by telephone on 9430 5111.

Ross McKinnon, Junior School Leader



May 2011

Tue 10th

NAPLAN Testing

Student’s Attitude to School Survey

Sport-Senior Round Robin

Wed 11th

NAPLAN Testing

Student’s Attitude to School Survey

Curriculum Design Team Meeting

Thu 12th

NAPLAN Testing

OES-Yr11 Cycling and Caving Camp.

SoSE-Yr12 Legal Field Trip- Loddon Prison

VCAL-Food Handling Course


VCAL- Student Progress Interviews.

Fri 13th

OES- Yr11 Cycling and Caving Camp

SoSE- MS Philosophy

SPORT- Nillumbik Div Athletics.

Mon 16th

Sac Week

NAPLAN Collection day

Small Ensembles Concert

Tue 17th

Transition-Yr10 to Yr12 Try-a-Trade Day

Sport- Yr7 Football, Soccer, Netball, Badminton.

Wed 18th

Concert Band Tour- Ballarat

Transition- yr9-Yr10 Try-a-Trade Day, Broadmeadows

School Council Meeting

Thu 19th

Sport- Reserve Day Athletics, Meadow glen

Fri 20th

OE&S-  Yr 12 Horse Riding camp, Mansfield

Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 7 days prior to the event


Australian Mathematics Competition 2011

Students from all year levels are invited to enrich their mathematics learning by entering in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Cost: $5.50 to the cashier

Due: final date for registrations & payment 4th May

Competition date: Thursday 4th August periods 1 & 2

Venue: The Library

Mathematics staff will provide practice papers and support preparation. Practice papers are also available at http://www.amt.edu.au/

The Competition is the original and largest competition of its type in Australia and is designed to test mathematical thinking and organisation. Each participating student receives a certificate and a full statistical report on basic skills, the ability to solve routine problems in arithmetic, geometry and algebra and problem-solving skills. The competition is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and sponsors include the University of Canberra and the Canberra Mathematical Association.

Lyn Ivory KLA Coordinator (Mathematics)



Maths staff will be available after school on Mondays to assist students with their classroom Mathematics across all year levels. The sessions will be held in the 700’s wing and conclude at 4pm. Students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity should go to room 702 at the end of period 6 on any Monday.

Lyn Ivory KLA Coordinator Mathematics

Have you changed your contact details?

Please notify Ms Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 9430 5113 or cuk@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


NAPLAN Tests Tuesday 10 May to Thursday 12 May

These commence for Yr7 and Yr9 students on Tuesday 10 May. The Language Conventions and Writing Tests will be held before and after recess respectively on Tuesday, the reading Test on Wednesday morning and the Numeracy Calculator and Non-calculator Tests on Thursday before and after recess respectively.

Trevor Jenkins Assistant Principal




Visit to Malaysia


During the April school holidays I had the pleasure of being part of a study tour to Malaysia. The tour was supported by DEECD and the Asia Education Foundation, its purpose was for senior educators from around Australia to visit Malaysia to investigate ways in which schools could achieve one of the goals of the new Australian Curriculum: putting an Asia focus into the curriculum. The tour covered visits to the Australian High Commission, a teacher training college, the Malaysian Ministry of Education, a number of schools and a wildlife recovery centre and cultural village in Sarawak. The highlight for me was the visit to our sister school, Malacca High School. There I was able to speak with senior members of staff, including the Principal, to get an understanding of how we might be able to make enduring links between their students and ours. Malacca High School is looking forward to the visit of our student in the Term 3 holidays, I was able to give them more details of our itinerary. We are now investigating setting up a skype classroom so that students will be able to communicate with each other in real time, Malacca students will also be participating in one of the integrated learning activities in Year 8 by completing the food diary so that our students will be able to compare our diets with theirs.

Malaysians are very hospitable people, I was warmly welcomed wherever I went and fed often, staff at Malacca High School gave me two lunches and dinner! School starts at 7:30 and ends at 2:30 when extra-curricular activities begin for all students, they seemed to finish around 5:00pm. The education system in Malaysia is very tightly controlled by the Ministry, they appoint staff to schools, they move staff, they publish all the textbooks and they tell schools what subjects they can and can’t teach, it appeared that the whole of a school’s reputation rested on how the students performed in their exams. However despite this the students behaved very much as ours do – taking every opportunity to enjoy themselves.

Trevor Jenkins Assistant Principal


Diamond Valley Library

Homework Help Program

 The Diamond Valley Library will have a tutor available to students free of charge Monday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm as part of its Homework Help program commenced the beginning of March.

Bookings are required.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Deanne Jones on 9434 3809.


All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to 9430 5299

(designated answering service).

Please advise:- name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.


Year 12


·         UMAT – Registrations: 1 April - 3 June; test date: 27 July; see http://umat.acer.edu.au



Now is the time for students in year 11 to start becoming familiar with courses that may be of interest in post secondary education. There are resources available in the careers office which students can access at any time and the VTAC website is a must when gathering information on pre-requisites and ATAR scores.


Due to the very poor response from students the deadline for submission of forms has been extended to Tuesday 17th May. This is a compulsory part of the year 10 program and forms part of the assessment  for year 10 English.


The opportunity exists for 24 interested students to attend this presentation at Broadmeadows Town Hall and learn about the exciting range of trades available.

Permission forms are available from the careers office and places will be allocated in the order of returned forms and payment to the cashier.


Ross Pringle – Careers Co-ordinator




The builder has returned to site after their Easter break.  Excavations for the new hall are continuing.  Unfortunately though, during their work they uncovered an old large unused underground diesel fuel tank.  This is buried a long way below the surface and it must be removed before the foundations can be poured.  It is not unusual to discover unexpected items when work is being undertaken on an old building site.  The old plans are not available and some things are out of the memory.   As a consequence, soil testing, additional excavation and back filling of the area will be required before work on the foundations in this area can recommence.  While there will be additional costs there may also be a time delay while this is being sorted out.  Nevertheless, the work is progressing. 

Reinforcing for the foundations and slab are being installed along with hold down bolts for the hall steelwork.   This set out takes quite a deal of time and skill to ensure that everything is at the right level and in the right place.  Once these are in place the next stage of the hall construction can commence.  This includes installation of steel work, pouring the first part of the slab, installation of in-slab hydronic heating and pouring the final slab.  The exterior walls will be pre-cast concrete panels.

This week will see the commencement of work above the ground level.  You may have noticed that a stack of timber is sitting on the slab, right next to some structural steel.  This is to build the framework for the offices, canteen and food areas.  Construction of block work walls for the new plant room is also due to commence this week.  

Over the weekend a new storm water drain near the tennis courts was completed. 



Bruce Martyn



A new anti- bullying website - Take A Stand Together - has now been launched. The website was developed by Australian education authorities. The site is part of an online campaign asking bystanders to stop bullying when they see it. The website features interactive activities for students and resources for teachers and parents. Click here to be directed to the website http://www.takeastandtogether.gov.au/


Nillumbik Youth Services is hosting a young women’s forum called “A girl’s World”. It was due to happen on the 10th of May but due to lack of numbers they have decided to postpone the event until June 21st at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main rd, Eltham. They have invited some of our students to attend this event. A Girls World is a health and well being day directed at young women in years 8-10. They would love for us to bring along 15-20 young women, so if you would like to attend please speak to Brendan or Jenny in the Student welfare office, as we must RSVP by the 31st of May. If you would like to contact the Nillumbik Youth services directly, you can call Annie Holding on 9433 3168.


Thanks Jenny Fowler and Brendan Monigatti

Working Bee Sunday 15th May


The Grounds Committee has scheduled the first Working Bee for Term 2 on Sunday 15th May from 9.00am until 12.30pm with both morning tea and barbeque lunch provided. As usual we have a broad range of tasks on offer around the campus ranging from the usual maintenance tasks and gardening activities, to the construction of retaining walls with seating in the new garden complex on the eastern side of the 600’s block. If you as a volunteer have nominated to attend the 15th May Working Bee, contact will be made by phone in the next week leading up to the event, to help with the organisation and catering requirements. If attending this event, you will need to make your way to the Canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the grounds committee and assigned and directed to one of the tasks on offer. The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the 15th May Working Bee.


1.     Construction of approximately 20 metres of retaining wall on the eastern side of the 600’s block. Crowbars, shovels and spirit levels will be required for this task.

2.     Construction of a further 15 to 20 metres of post and pipe fence in the same area as above.

3.     Removal of tree stumps in the Courtyard area adjacent to the 700’s block.

4.     Paving of an area adjacent to the locker bays near the 700’s block.

5.     Sweeping in a variety of areas, in particular the car park adjacent to the stadium and courtyard complexes.

6.     Cleaning of the drains in the courtyard precincts

7.     A cleanup, weed and mulch of the area on the western boundary

8.     Mowing and brush cutting across a range of areas on the campus

9.     A cleanup, prune and weed of the gardens surrounding the stadium complex

10.  Repair of the post and wire fence on the western boundary

11.  Some planting in selected areas

12.  A cleanup and weed of the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts

Please remember to bring protective clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Looking forward to receiving your support on the 15th May


John Coates, for the Grounds Committee.

Grey Horse - Personal Growth and Leadership Skills

Throughout this term a small group of students have been spending one afternoon a week in Smiths Gully with Maggie Broom (Grey Horse Growth and Learning / Equine Therapy) and her horses participating in a specially designed program focusing on leadership skills and personal growth.


Each week the students have learnt to guide and lead the horses in a most unconventional way. Through making clean observations of the horses’ behaviour and mirroring their movements the students were able to make the most extraordinary connection with the horses.  The parallels between the interactions; personal growth and learning were then highlighted by the group as the learning progressed.


It has been a rewarding experience for the students and for me to observe their progress. This project was made possible through funding from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. A second and third group of students will be selected in term two and again in term three, the activities take place in periods 5 and 6 once a week for five weeks. 


Louise Heathcote


BPay at EHS………. Almost Too Easy

Simply use the biller code and reference number listed on your statement.

It can sometimes be difficult to identify what items your payment relates to, so please provide us with details at the time of your payment so it can be allocated in accordance with your request.  Email your payment details to accounts@elthamhs.vic.edu.au otherwise it will be allocated as follows:

1.     Essential education items

2.     Optional extras

3.     Voluntary financial contributions.

Please note that biller code 87361 will show DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) NOT Eltham High School.  The Department initially receives the payment and then distributes to schools the next day so there is a processing delay of two days.


If you require any further information, please call the office on 9430 5111    Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager



Community Announcements/Advertising



Families needed for LaTrobe PhD project

This project will examine the lived experiences of teenagers with High Functioning Autism their parents and siblings, including perceptions of stigma, sibling relationships and physical and emotional health determinants.


If you are willing to be a part of this project or require further information please email Jessica Gill at jmgill@students.latrobe.edu.au or phone 0439 324 295.


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Zanzy ,the Montmorency Community Choir

We are looking for men and women to join us in singing for fun and friendship. No experience necessary. Rehearsals are at the Montmorency Gospel Chapel on Mayona Road at 7.30pm on Thursdays during school terms. Drop in or ring Michelle Morgan, director, on 0409 946 994 for more information.


Anita Andrews

9435 1615

Yoga for teenagers

Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre in Community Drv. Greensborough is offering Yoga classes for teenagers aged 15 – 18 yrs. This program enhances concentration and focus through breathe awareness and yoga postures. Class includes guided meditation for relaxation to reduce the stresses of life.


Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 10.30am – 12.00pm.Phone 9435 9287 for bookings and details


Become a WEP Host Family

World Education Program (WEP) is inviting you to experience another culture in your own home by becoming a volunteer host family to one of our international students arriving in July 2011. Our students from Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan, Brazil and Chile are looking forward to experiencing life in Australia, making new friends and becoming a member of an Australian family soon.


Meet our Students!

Alicia from Belgium: " I want to see what it is like living in this country, learning customs, having a great relationship with a new family."

Francesca from Italy has visited Africa on a volunteer program with her scout group. She has also helped to look after young children.

Laura from Belgium enjoys drama, music and dance and coaches young gymnasts.

Thais from Brazil likes watching TV, playing computers, listening to music, kayaking/canoeing going to the movies, cooking and camping. She hopes to become a successful architect in the future.

Find out more!

Getting to know your student before he or she arrives brings fun and joy to everyone involved.

Take the next step and contact WEP today to receive a full information pack for your family.

WEP LogoOn Shelly Beach, Ilaria,Liz , Kathleen

Nikki Medwell

Inbound Exchange Administrator

Phone:   1300 884 733

Email:wep@wep.org.au      Online: www.wep.org.au



Teenage Aggression: Responding Assertively

An 8 week support group for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home:

·           Understand how violence works

·           Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·           Improve your relationship with your child

·           Understand adolescent development

·           Improve communication

·           Share with other parents


Commencing Weds 4.5.11 – 22.6.11 (10am-12.30pm)

Includes handouts and refreshments


Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin

For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700




We are located behind the Baseball Club within Malcolm Blair  Reserve, which is off Karingal Drive Greensborough .


To play Junior Competition in the Spring 2011 season enquires should be made with the Club by 20th May.

Enquiries: Geoff Kline - 0422 404 301

Jan Ryan     - 0417 300 845


Information on the RED SPOT SPECIAL


As you would be aware Montmorency Traders works hard to build a strong alliance with the local community & to our loyal local customers.

At a recent Traders Business meeting the idea to reward locals on a regular basis was discussed. The outcome was a new imitative which we believe will offer locals a regular on going specials & discounts.

This will be done in the form of a RED SPOT Promotion.

Your School & local family’s just need to LOOK for the RED SPOT in selected Traders Windows & each week ask the participating Traders-

 “What’s this weeks RED SPOT Special”

This allows our Traders to provide something back to locals.

Each Trader will be responsible for there weeks offer.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards


Linda Carroll   [M] 0417 383 410